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    Skort for school: essential for summer

    School skort

    Every summer my daughter has to wear shorts to school under her summer dress or skirt if she wants to do any gymnastics on the playing field (it’s a modesty thing I presume).  This year, I forgot to buy any new shorts and she forgot to mention that last years were too small! I decided that there had to be a better solution out there, surely someone would sell a school skort (skirt with shorts built in underneath)?

    Apparently not.  All I could find was culottes.  So I then went on the hunt for a pattern.  All I could find was culottes or tennis style skorts.  But, being a brave and fearless seamstress (!) I decided I could alter a tennis skort pattern. Read more

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    Free Sloth cuddly toy sewing pattern

    Snoozy Suzy Sloth sewing pattern

    Download the PDF pattern to make Suzy

    Sleepy toddler?  Use this sewing pattern to make them a suitably sleepy friend.

    There’s something rather cute about Sloths and they make a change from teddy bears!  I’ve designed Suzy the Snoozy Sloth to be very soft, floppy and cuddly, the ideal companion for any little one to snuggle up with.  It’s a fairly simple pattern to make, although sewing with plush fabric takes a little bit of getting used to – it’s worth it for the extra cute cuddly softness though!   Enjoy using your free sewing pattern to make your very own cuddly sloth toy!

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    Dolls

    Best toy patterns

    I love making dolls for my daughter because you can give each one their own personality and style.  They also make great presents as they are special and unique.  I’ve selected some of my favourite doll and toy patterns – it was meant to be a post just about dolls, but then I saw ‘Felix and Charlotte Fox’ and had to add some animals in!  They can all be found on Etsy.

    Best felt toy patterns

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    Beanie Boos T-shirt Tutorial

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    My daughter decided that her Beanie Boos Lion, ‘Hero’ needed a make over.  So I’ve made a new t-shirt for him (slightly girlie fabric but never mind!).  The pattern should also fit other medium size Beanie Boos that are in the same ‘sitting’ position (e.g. Tasha, Safari, Maddie etc).  I used a girls skirt from a charity shop for the fabric.

    If you haven’t sewn with jersey before, this is a good size to practice on!  There are some good tips on different websites – I used the Tilly and the Buttons tips when I started experimenting with jersey (not that long ago).   I do have a ‘walking foot’ for my machine which does make a difference, and I use ball point needles.   I used a long zig-zag stitch for all of the t-shirt.

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    Sock Alien Tutorial

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    It’s all about ‘Space’ at the moment – at my daughter’s school anyway.   It wasn’t part of the homework but my daughter, Amelie, decided to design a sock Alien to take into school and to write about.  She even offered to make it herself – if I could help with the sewing machine bit (I still haven’t made the ‘plague’ rat she designed for the last topic!).  So I made the one that features below and she made her own one, which she didn’t want to feature on my blog in case everyone copied it!  The Alien does need legs because it can fly, obviously…

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    Create a ‘busy box’

    What’s a busy box?  It’s a box (any box will do!) where you can keep small toys and games ready to pack in a bag and take out and about.

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    Keeping a selection of toys in a box all together makes it  easy to find something small enough to go in a handbag or for your child to carry when you go out.  Handy for car journeys (just take the whole box and place on the back seat), restaurants,  church or anywhere else where you want to make sure the children have something to keep them busy.

    Here’s some tried and tested (by a 6 and 9 year old) ideas.  You’ll know what your children are into and can tailor the box contents accordingly.  Read more

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